Apple, RIM win big as ITC reverses earlier decision in Kodak patent case

By on June 30, 2011 at 8:20 PM.

Apple, RIM win big as ITC reverses earlier decision in Kodak patent case

The International Trade Commission on Thursday reversed an earlier decision in a patent case that could cost camera maker Kodak hundreds of millions of dollars from Apple and RIM. Kodak had filed suit against both firms, claiming that their mobile devices infringed on multiple patents owned by the Rochester, NY-based company. An initial ruling in favor of Kodak was under ITC review, and the commission on Thursday reversed parts of the decision that had previously been ruled in Kodak’s favor. Other parts of the original ruling were sent to be examined by a judge of administrative law, and a final ruling is scheduled to be made on August 30th. More →

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T-Mobile announces myTouch 4G Slide

By on June 28, 2011 at 8:01 AM.

T-Mobile announces myTouch 4G Slide

T-Mobile and HTC officially took the wraps off of the new myTouch 4G Slide on Tuesday, an Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) handset. As its name implies, the myTouch 4G Slide offers support for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network. We recently sat down with HTC for a preview of the phone before its launch, and the manufacturer said it spent a great deal of time tweaking the camera software so that the myTouch 4G Slide would offer the best photo performance of any phone HTC has launched. It has improved low-light performance, should have zero shutter lag, and more. We also appreciated the solid design of the myTouch 4G Slide during our demo, and liked that the keyboard was comfortable and didn’t add too much bulk to the phone when it was stored away. The phone runs HTC’s brand new Sense interface on top of a dual-core 1.2Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, so everything was fluid and fast, too. The myTouch 4G Slide is equipped with a 3.7-inch WVGA display, 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, has support for SWYPE, has Netflix software pre-installed, and more. T-Mobile has not announced a price just yet, but the myTouch 4G Slide will be available in July in khaki and black. Read on for the full press release. More →

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Sprint’s HTC EVO 3D and EVO View 4G tablet now available

By on June 24, 2011 at 9:02 PM.

Sprint’s HTC EVO 3D and EVO View 4G tablet now available

The wait is over — Sprint’s brand new EVO 3D Android smartphone and EVO View 4G tablet are now available to all customers. The EVO 3D, which offers a glasses-free 4.3-inch 3D display, 4G WiMAX connectivity, a 1.2GHz processor, and the ability to record 1080p video, is available for $199.99 with a new two-year Sprint contract. We ran our review earlier this month and called it our “favorite Sprint phone, hands down.” The EVO View 4G, which we also recently reviewed, is powered by a 1.5GHz processor, has a 7-inch display, 4G WiMAX connectivity, and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It’s available for $400 with the Scribe pen for a limited time. Hit the jump for the full press release from Sprint. More →

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iPhone 5 may offer dual-LED flash

By on June 23, 2011 at 11:30 PM.

iPhone 5 may offer dual-LED flash

Here’s the latest in a series of rumors about the iPhone 5: it may offer a dual-LED flash. Surely this seems like a minor upgrade to the single flash currently available, but if true, it definitely suggests that Apple is including a revamped camera with more robust capabilities. We’ve heard from sources that the new iPhone, which could launch as soon as this August, will be a major update with an entirely new case design. Other rumors have suggested the device will offer an 8-megapixel camera, a dual-core A5 processor, and possibly a larger display. DigiTimes suggests that the dual-LED flash will be provided by Everlight Electronics, Edison Opto and Lite-On Technology. More →

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Nokia’s ‘Sea Ray’ Windows Phone leaked [video]

By on June 23, 2011 at 8:45 AM.

Nokia’s ‘Sea Ray’ Windows Phone leaked [video]

During a recent presentation, Nokia’s CEO asked a large group of his employees to put away all cameras and recording devices because he was about to show something “top secret,” that he didn’t want leaked on the “blogosphere.” Oops… that’s exactly what just happened. The image above is of Nokia’s new Windows Phone, codenamed “Sea Ray.” While there’s little information on it now, it appears that it’s made out of plastic — a bummer if you’re like us and were waiting for a unibody aluminum Windows Phone from the Finnish company. Elop confirms there’s a gorilla glass display and a “pillow shaped backing.” A camera and shutter button are also visible, and we presume there’s either an 8-megapixel or 12-megapixel camera sensor, although that’s unclear. The device reminds us a lot of the N9, but if Nokia is already showing it to large groups of people, we suspect there will be plenty more leaks in the coming months. Elop recently confirmed that his company is on track to release its first Windows Phone by the end of this year. Hit the jump for a video of Elop discussing the Sea Ray. More →

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Sony Ericsson outs Xperia ray, Xperia active, and txt [video]

By on June 23, 2011 at 3:30 AM.

Sony Ericsson outs Xperia ray, Xperia active, and txt [video]

During the CommunicAsia trade show in Singapore on Wednesday, Sony Ericsson officially took the wraps off of three new devices: the Xperia ray, the Xperia active, and the “txt.” The Android 2.3-powered Xperia ray sports a 9.4mm thin profile, a 3.3-inch “Reality” display with an 854 x 480 resolution, an 8.1-megapixel Exmor R camera, and a 1,500 mAh battery. The Xperia active also runs Gingerbread and offers a smaller 3-inch 480 x 320 Reality display and a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording HD video. It’s also dust proof and water resistant. Lastly, the txt is a budget-friendly feature phone with a relatively simple set of specs. It offers a 2.6-inch screen, a full QWERTY keyboard, and a 3.2-megapixel camera. All three phones will launch during the third quarter of this year in select markets around the world. Hit the jump for images of the Xperia active and txt along with videos. More →

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Sprint to offer Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on June 24th for $499

By on June 21, 2011 at 10:56 PM.

Sprint to offer Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on June 24th for $499

Sprint announced on Tuesday that it will offer the Wi-Fi version of Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet for $499 beginning June 24th. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 runs Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) and sports a 10.1-inch display, a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 3-megapixel camera, and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats. We recently reviewed the Galaxy Tab 10.1 developer edition, loaded with Android 3.0, and while it had some faults we still noted that it’s the “thinnest, sexiest Android tablet available today.” Read on for the full press release. More →

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Sony Ericsson Xperia duo leaked

By on June 21, 2011 at 4:51 AM.

Sony Ericsson Xperia duo leaked

An image of the unannounced Sony Ericsson Xperia duo has been leaked in what appears to be a Sony Ericsson promotional poster. While most of the specs remain unknown at this point, as its name implies, the device is largely expected to pack a dual-core processor. The image also indicates that the phone may feature a forward-facing camera and more subtle menu buttons below the display than most other Android phones. There’s no word on just how big the screen is, either, but it looks like it’s definitely bigger than 4.3-inches. HTC, Motorola, LG, and Samsung all have dual-core smartphones on the market, too, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see Sony Ericsson try to get this out the door quickly. More →

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to get Android 2.3 Gingerbread update in August

By on June 21, 2011 at 1:35 AM.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to get Android 2.3 Gingerbread update in August

Sony Ericsson confirmed in a blog post on Monday that its developers have been working hard on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Xperia X10, and that the roll-out will begin in early August. The company confirmed that it will keep the original camera UI as found in the Eclair version of the phone, and that the Facebook Inside Xperia functionality in the newest Xperia family of phones will be available on the X10 as well. Unfortunately, SE  said that it will not add DLNA support to the X10, as adding that would “jeopardize the time schedule.” Generic trade phones will get the Gingebread upgrade, which was announced in March, but Sony Ericsson did note that “some of you will not be able to upgrade your customized version of Xperia X10.” In other words, we seriously doubt AT&T users will ever get it. Hit the jump for a video of a prototype running Gingerbread in action. More →

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Huawei announces 7-inch MediaPad Android Honeycomb tablet

By on June 20, 2011 at 7:55 AM.

Huawei announces 7-inch MediaPad Android Honeycomb tablet

On Monday, Huawei officially announced the MediaPad, a 7-inch tablet powered by Android 3.2 (Honeycomb). The MediaPad sports a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 5-megapixel camera, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chats, support for HSPA+ and 802.11n Wi-Fi networks, HDMI-out, and a microSD card slot for adding up to 32GB of storage. Huawei also says the MediaPad’s 4,100mAh battery should provide more than six hours of battery life. The MediaPad is expected to launch this fall, although Huawei did not provide a price. More →

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Motorola DROID 3 spotted again

By on June 13, 2011 at 6:41 PM.

Motorola DROID 3 spotted again

We’ve seen plenty of leaked shots of the DROID 3 (also known as the Milestone 3 in Europe), but now you can get a glimpse of the clearest one yet. The phone first surfaced in March, again in April, and then the specs were leaked in May. The bad news is that it’s becoming more and more clear that the phone will be nearly identical in looks to the DROID 2. The good news is there’s decent spec boost. The DROID 3 should sport a 4-inch display with 960 x 540 qHD resolution, a dual-core processor, HDMI-out, and an 8-megapixel camera that’s presumably capable of recording HD video. Early rumors suggested a June launch on Verizon Wireless, so hopefully we’ll hear more in the coming weeks. More →

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iPhone 5 to include 8-megapixel camera, report claims

By on June 7, 2011 at 3:37 PM.

iPhone 5 to include 8-megapixel camera, report claims

Apple’s forthcoming fifth-generation iPhone will feature an 8-megapixel camera according to a report on Tuesday from DigiTimes. Citing anonymous sources, DigiTimes states that OmniVision has been awarded the contract to supply the bulk of the image sensors for Apple’s iPhone 5. These sensors, according to the report, will feature an 8-megapixel resolution. OmniVision is said to be supplying roughly 90% of the image sensors for Apple’s next iPhone, while Sony will supply the remaining 10%. Apple has been rumored on numerous occasions to be including an 8-megapixel camera in its next iPhone, but the company has not yet confirmed any specs for the upcoming device. More →

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Redesigned Motorola DROID BIONIC pictures surface

By on June 7, 2011 at 8:10 AM.

Redesigned Motorola DROID BIONIC pictures surface

Motorola took the wraps off of the DROID BIONIC back during CES 2011, shortly thereafter announced that it had delayed the device until summer. Now, the first shots of the newly redesigned DROID BIONIC are beginning to surface. The images show the device has — what appears to be — a new version of Motorola’s MOTOBLUR user interface. We assume most of the other specs remain the same: the phone clearly shows an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, it has a 4.3-inch qHD display, and support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Unfortunately there’s still no word on a possible release date, but let’s hope the BIONIC’s battery life is better than Verizon’s other 4G phones. Hit the jump for two more images. More →

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